Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Former Kenosha Co. exec reaches plea deal

Prosecutors will recommend a two-year sentence for former Kenosha County Executive Allan Kehl in exchange for his guilty plea on a charge of conspiracy to receive improper payments, under a deal announced Wednesday.

Kehl, who resigned his post last month, faces a maximum charge of five years in prison on the charge.

Kehl admitted to wrongfully receiving $15,000 in cash from Kenosha businessman Dennis Troha, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Kehl received $10,000 in 2005 at Troha's office and $5,000 in 2006 as the two stood in Troha's garage, prosecutors said.

Kehl is the fourth person to reach a deal with prosecutors stemming from a probe related to Troha's efforts to turn a Kenosha dog track into an off-reservation casino.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs said the investigation remains open. She pointed out U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic said during Troha's sentencing that the FBI will be investigating leads for "quite some time."

Kehl attorney David Geraghty did not return a call to his office from WisPolitics.

Of the four to reach deals in the Troha investigation, only one has received a harsher recommended sentence. Troha associate John Erickson, who agreed to plead guilty to two counts of conspiracy and making an illegal corporate contribute, received a recommended sentenced of two years in prison and a $200,000 fine. Achille Infusino, who agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit campaign finance violations, got a recommendation of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Troha, who agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of his plea deal, was sentenced to six months probation in March.

Read the U.S. DOJ release:
http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/080409_Kehl_plea.pdf

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